Cups and cakes to thank hos­pi­tal af­ter trans­plant

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A mum has marked the 10 years since she had a heart trans­plant by rais­ing funds for the hos­pi­tal that saved her life.

He­len Smith, 53, of Hythe Road, Ash­ford, has raised more than £700 for Hare­field Hos­pi­tal in Middlesex, where she had the trans­plant.

The mum-of-one was born with a leaky valve and her con­di­tion, mi­tral re­gur­gi­ta­tion, de­te­ri­o­rated as she got older.

But although her trans­plant in 2006 was ini­tially suc­cess­ful, her body re­jected the new or­gan three years later, caus­ing He­len to suf­fer kid­ney fail­ure.

Her brother Andy Christie gave her one of his kid­neys and He­len had a trans­plant at Guy’s Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don in 2010.

He­len held a cof­fee morn­ing at her home, and as well as cof­fee and home­made cakes, there was a raf­fle and plants and hand­made cards were among a range of items on sale.

Pic­ture: Paul Amos FM4388035

He­len Smith and brother Andy Christie with cakes to tempt visi­tors to their fundrais­ing event

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